Books by David King

Released: June 6, 2017

"A meticulously researched, deeply instructive work with great relevance for our current era of right-wing resurgence."
A highly detailed study of Hitler's failed putsch of Nov. 8, 1923, in Munich and the trial that "catapulted this relatively minor local leader onto the national stage." Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 27, 2011

"The author's successful transition into the true-crime genre—expertly written and completely absorbing."
The gripping narrative of a twisted serial killer preying on the most vulnerable citizens of Paris during the Nazi occupation. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2008

"A teeming, bloated, personality-rich panorama of the first truly international peace conference."
King (Finding Atlantis, 2005) paints a lively portrait of the lavish, months-long parade of banquets, love affairs and social competition held at the close of the Napoleonic wars. Read full book review >
Released: June 14, 2005

"An engaging work of scholarly detection honoring a wacky hero who, it turns out, was right about a few things."
Here's one thing Donovan and Ignatius Donnelly didn't know: The Atlanteans ate lutefisk. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 30, 1997

The doctoring of photographs didn't begin with the advent of computers in magazine production departments. ``So much falsification took place during the Stalin years that it is possible to tell the story of the Soviet era through retouched photographs,'' writes King. For Joseph Stalin, photo retouching was a technique for controlling public perception and memory. People who vanished in real life—whether banished to the farthest reaches of the Soviet Union or eliminated by the secret police—vanished as well from photos, and even paintings. In many cases they were airbrushed out completely, in others their faces were clumsily blacked out with ink. This creepy visual rewriting of history is documented here by King, who has been collecting such revised images since 1970, when he found Leon Trotsky completely expunged from official Soviet archives. Placing original photos alongside the altered ones, King also explains in lengthy captions who has vanished and why. A disturbing testament to the destruction wrought when a megalomaniac becomes a dictator. (History Book Club selection) Read full book review >